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Block Arcade

Browse fashion goods, sample creamy chocolate and relax with a tea in this elegant arcade, which remains one of Melbourne's finest historic and architectural landmarks.

The Block Arcade, known familiarly as "The Block", is a shopping mall imbued with quintessential Melbourne class. This arcade is designed with the aesthetics of 19th century Europe in mind, featuring elegant architectural decor. Step back in time as you walk through its wonderfully preserved halls, peruse international brand boutiques or enjoy a hot drink in a homey tea room.

The Block was built in 1893 by David C. Askew, who took inspiration from the renowned Galleria Vittoria Emanuele in Milan. Its history includes a claim to fame as the home of the "barcade boys”, a notorious 19th-century gang.

Step off from busy Collins Street into the comparatively serene arcade hall. As you explore, admire the striking interior, which is richly decorated with relief sculptures and seasonal plant displays. The intricacy of the mosaic-tiled floor complements the simple brown-and-white colour scheme of the arcade walls. Enjoy the airy feel of the space, which is naturally lit through a wrought iron and glass canopy above.

Take your time browsing the arcade's shops, which are identified by uniform signage throughout the walkway. The main construct is laid out in an "L" shape, exiting onto Elizabeth Street. A small hallway, called Block Place, also provides access to Little Collins Street.

Among world-class fashion shops, The Block's most popular haunt is the Hopetoun Tea Rooms. Enjoy a fresh brew with cake. Alternatively, try lovingly crafted cocoa recipes at Haigh's Chocolates. During weekday lunch hours, Block Place fills with office workers enjoying coffee in intimate cafés.

The Block is one of the premier sights on the Golden Mile Heritage Walk. Learn more about its rich history, intertwined with that of Melbourne's Central Business District, during a guided tour, which are run daily and depart at the Hopetoun Tea Rooms.

Get to The Block on foot from anywhere around Melbourne's centre or travel by tram from farther afield.


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